May 1, 2019

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

“Since 1949, the month of May has been observed as Mental Health Month in the United States and many national organizations such as NAMI, Mental Health America, and other affiliates spotlight Mental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and to stop the stigma associated with mental health disorders. The theme for this year’s Mental Health Month is Fitness #4Mind4Body, meaning that health is an all-encompassing matter and we must take care of our minds just as much as we take care of our bodies. Mental health is important for our physical health and vice versa. A well-balanced diet, a healthy sleep schedule, exercise, gut health, and hydration all affect our mental health and our physical health equally. Studies have shown that individuals who have chronic medical illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure or autoimmune disorders have a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety. Our bodies and mind act as one unit and therefore it is important to care for both our emotional and mental states as well as our physical health. Approximately one in five adults in the United States, 43.8 million, or 18.5%, experiences a mental illness in a given year and approximately one in five youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental health disorder at some point during their lifetime. For children aged 8–15, the estimate is 13%. Mental illness is not prejudiced; as mental health disorders affect men and women of all ages, races and social classes.”

Here at The Righter Company, we employ the services of e4health. It is a confidential, pre-paid service available to all Righter employees and their families. e4health is in place to assist us with things such as: financial difficulties, legal advice, grief, divorce, addictions, mental health disorders or even finding a day care provider or plumber! We realize the ripple effect that any sort of stress in the home can have on an employee. It can result in time away from work or, even worse, an employee could become distracted which could result in a jobsite accident or death. We strongly encourage our employees to utilize this program in hopes that balance will be restored.

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